The industry is still suffering from the sudden death of Lance Reddick. However, his eloquent presence continues in several upcoming film and television projects that the prolific actor completed before his death at the age of 60.
For the past week, Reddick had been conducting interviews in support of John Wick: Chapter 4, the final film in the blockbuster Keanu Reeves action series. The film, which will now be dedicated to the late actor, opens next week and is expected to debut at the domestic box office with a franchise-high of $70 million. In it, Reddick reprises his role as Charon, the concierge at New York’s Continental Hotel.
Reddick also recently played Charon in the John Wick spin off The ballerina, under the heading of Ana de Armas. He finished all of his scenes in the film, which Lionsgate has not yet set a release date for.
January’s Deadline exclusively revealed Reddick’s casting in the Kiefer Sutherland-directed film The court-martial of the Caine mutiny by Paramount Global Content Distribution for Showtime. Reddick finished all work and played Captain Blakely, Chief Justice of the Court-Martial, in the production, which is complete. Originally written by Herman Wouk in 1951, The court-martial of the Caine mutiny is retold for modern times and follows the United States Navy as it stands trial for mutiny.
Reddick will also soon be starring as Zeus in the high-profile new Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which wrapped up production on its first season. The project tells the fantastical story of a 12-year-old modern-day demigod, Percy Jackson, who is trying to come to terms with his newfound supernatural powers when the sky god Zeus accuses him of stealing his master lightning bolt.
Starting May 19, Reddick will star in 20th Century Studios’ Hulu reboot White men can’t jump reboot. Jack Harlow plays the role invented by Woody Harrelson and Sinqua Walls plays the role previously portrayed by Wesley Snipes. Reddick plays Benji Allen, Walls’ character’s father and trainer, who lives with MS.
Also, Reddick stars alongside Regina King in John Ridley’s upcoming biopic about Shirley Chisholm Shirley about America’s first black congressman. Reddick plays Chisholm’s campaign manager, Wesley MacDonald “Mac” Holder. We’ve heard the film is targeting a year-end release date.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” Reeves said John Wick filmmaker Chad Stahelski said in a statement today. “He was the consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him very much.”
Said Ian McShane, who plays Winston in the John Wick Movies, “Total Shock and Disbelief. Lance was a wonderful person and a wonderful colleague. My deepest condolences, peace and love to his wife Stephanie and all his family.”